Did you over-indulge for the Super Bowl yesterday? I still think they should move the game to Saturday so that we can recover Sunday and not miss work on Monday! There are a lot of bleary-eyed folks zombie-walking through the office today. In a game that went from being a blowout to a nail-biter, the Baltimore Ravens Sunday defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl 47 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It was the second NFL championship for the AFC Ravens while the 49ers, representing the NFC, failed to win their 6th Vince Lombardi Trophy, which would have tied them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl triumphs. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Flacco seemed to have everything well in hand two minutes into the third quarter and Baltimore holding a commanding 28-6 lead when the power suddenly went out in a portion of the stadium, delaying the game for 34 minutes. Entergy and SMG, the management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, released a statement that said a “piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.” Although full power was eventually restored, Entergy and SMG said it would continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality. Rumors, of course, are running rampant on Facebook that there was a million to one prop bet that the lights would go out. Sounds like the plot to Ocean's 11...
SUPER BOWL ADS
The hype for Super Bowl 47 climaxed on Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens met at New Orleans’ Superdome. For the casual viewer who’s not a football fan, the hype for the Super Bowl 47 commercials also climaxed. Many of the ads were released, or at least publicized, days before the game. And why not, since a 30-second spot reportedly sold for an average of $3.75 million. The ads can be viewed on YouTube and Hulu, but we have compiled a recap of the best spots you may have missed:
Priceline: The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco plays the daughter of William Shatner's "Priceline Negotiator" character, who feeds her advice through an earpiece as she discusses the website's "Express Deals" hotel feature with a traveler. She rebuffs her dad's suggestions, which include "Use the stun gun!" and "Get the grappling hook!"
Fiat: A scorpion crawls across the back of an attractive sunbather, but when she sees a Fiat 500 Abarth drive by as it retracts its roof, she goes topless too –- though only a silhouette of the woman is shown -- and chases after it.
Volkswagen: YouTube stars from clips like “eHarmony Video Bio” and “Sad Packer Fan” join reggae legend Jimmy Cliff on a sunny hillside while he sings a rendition of The Partridge Family theme song “Come On, Get Happy.”
Commercials for the following movies aired during the final two hours of CBS' pregame coverage: The Lone Ranger, Brad Pitt's World War Z, Snitch and Identity Thief.
-- M&M's: A red M&M sang Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" while describing all of the things he won't let Glee's Naya Rivera do to him, i.e. lick him or put whipped cream on his head.
Audi: A dateless prom-goer feels empowered after his father gives him the keys to the family Audi. He shows up to the dance, walks up to the prom queen, and plants a kiss on her. He ends up with a black eye, courtesy of her boyfriend, but he’s all smiles as he drives away in the car.
GoDaddy.com: Race car driver and spokesperson Danica Patrick introduces model Bar Refaeli and a nerd, who make out for more than 10 seconds. It was as disturbing as it sounds.
Doritos: A bearded man buys a goat that only snacks on Doritos chips. At first he’s amused, but he becomes so annoyed by the goat's habit that he hides the rest of his Doritos. The goat quickly figures things out, learns that the man wants to put it up for sale, and confronts him in an unseen physical battle.
Pepsi: Enraged parents come home to find that their boy is throwing a wild party. However, their moods change when he hands them two cans of Pepsi NEXT and tells them the brand contains 60 percent less sugar than regular Pepsi.
Best Buy: Amy Poehler asks a salesman a slew of questions, such as, "What makes a smart TV so smart?" and "Will this read 50 Shades of Grey to me in a sexy voice...will you?"
Toyota: Kaley Cuoco magically appears as the “RAV4 genie” to grant wishes to a family. She makes a spare tire disappear, grants squirrels the ability to speak, turns the family's daughter into a princess, etc.
Commercials for the following movies aired during the first quarter: Oz The Great and Powerful and Fast & Furious 6.
Doritos: A father turns down his young daughter's request to play princess, until she bribes him with a bag of Doritos. His buddies walk into his home to find him also dressed as a princess, but once they notice the Doritos, they get in on the act too.
Bud Light: Stevie Wonder provides some voodoo magic for a superstitious football fan. Strains of his song "Superstition" can be heard in the background. He appeared in a follow-up commercial that aired during the third quarter.
Milk: Realizing he’s out of milk, Dwayne Johnson runs through a city in distress –- a bank robbery, loose circus animals, a brewing storm and more –- to track down moo juice for three girls in his home.
Volkswagen: Unhappy employees in an office are perked up by a Caucasian co-worker with an unnatural Jamaican accent.
Taco Bell: A group of old folks escape a retirement home at night, then pull pranks, go clubbing, and get tattoos before capping off their adventures with a trip to Taco Bell. The commercial features a Spanish spin on fun.’s “We Are Young,” the Grammy-nominated song that took off last year after it was included in a Super Bowl ad.
A preview for the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness also aired during the second quarter.
E*TRADE: Its trademark talking baby touted the website’s lack of hidden fees, then suggested ways you can blow your cash if you don’t use E*TRADE. Photographs followed of the baby partying, playing polo, going to space, wrecking a ship, and more.
AXE: An attractive lifeguard saves an equally-attractive woman who was drowning in the ocean. Just as they’re about to kiss, she runs away to an astronaut walking on the beach. The following message then appears: “Nothing beats an astronaut,” referring to the name of AXE’s fragrance brand, Apollo.
Late Show with David Letterman: David Letterman, wearing the jersey of his home state Indianapolis Colts, tosses a football with a kid sporting a San Francisco 49ers jersey. He tells the boy that if he applies himself he can be in the Super Bowl. When the boy says thanks, Letterman replies, "Actually I was talking to him." The camera then reveals Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Budweiser: A man who raised a Clydesdale and donated it to Budweiser is reunited with the horse three years later after it participates in a parade in Chicago.
A new preview of Iron Man 3 also aired during the third quarter.
Kia: During a ride in a Kia Sorento, a boy asks his dad where babies come from. The father concocts a wild story about a planet where human and animal babies are raised and then shuttled to Earth.
Mercedes-Benz: A man contemplates a deal with the devil -– played by Willem Dafoe –- to acquire the new Mercedes-Benz CLA and “everything that goes along with it,” including female adorers, magazine photo shoots, a close encounter with model Kate Upton on a red carpet, and a meeting with Usher on a dance floor. But once he notices on a billboard that the car costs about $30,000 –- a total that’s apparently in his price range –- he rejects the devil, who then disappears into thin air. The ad is set to The Rolling Stones’ classic “Sympathy for the Devil.”
Samsung Mobile USA: Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd argue about which one of them is the "next big thing" -- hurling insults at one another like they did in a memorable scene in their movie The 40 Year Old Virgin -- when each claims they were asked to star in a Samsung commercial. They then find out they have to work together, and they end up pitching ridiculous ideas for the ad. LeBron James makes a cameo at the end.
Coca-Cola: Three groups of characters -- The Cowboys, Showgirls and Badlanders –- are stranded in a desert and are in a race for a Coca-Cola. As determined by viewers’ votes in the two weeks leading up to the game, the Showgirls earned the elusive bottle. The teaser for the ad, released two weeks ago on the Internet, aired again during the second quarter.
Tide: A 49ers fan gets a miracle spot on his jersey: a stain that looks like famed QB Joe Montana. The commercial shows how the fan's wife, a Ravens fan, deals with it.
Dodge: Artistic still shots of farming families across the U.S., plowing the land and tending cattle, accompanied by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey's “God Made a Farmer” speech.
SPEACH CANDY HAS REOPENED!
Speach Family Candy Shoppe announced that after four weeks of being closed due to water damage they have reopened today at 10AM and will remain open their normal business hours thru Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, President, Michael E. Speach, Jr. arrived at his business to find the ceiling collapsed and extensive water damage to the offices and a portion of his store. Over the last several weeks Speach has been working diligently with several other local businesses to clean, repair and prepare the store for reopening. “We are very happy to be reopening. We will have 3 shifts working around the clock to prepare for Valentine’s Day. We have also been working on several new products and stocking up on our signature “I’ll Be Dipped” chocolate covered potato chips.” Repairs will continue for the next several weeks, but customers will be able to visit the store, place orders online and call in orders. The Speach Family Candy Shoppe was established in 1920 and now 93 years later is still family owned and operated. Specializing in hand-made chocolates, The Speach Family Candy Shoppe also carries a wide selection of bulk and nostalgia candies. Recently they have also begun to carry gifts and collectible like Department 56 figurines and Byers’ Choice Ltd. Carolers.
JOB FAIR AT THE TURNING STONE!
The Turning Stone Resort Casino is looking to add to its 4,500 employees with a Restaurant and Entertainment Career Fair today. The full- and part-time jobs run the spectrum of Turning Stone’s operations for Upstate Tavern and the Exit 33 entertainment complex. Open positions include Servers, Bartenders, Hosts, Security, and Entertainment Technicians. Supervisory positions will also be available. Those ages 18 and over are welcome to apply at the Career Fair, which runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, February 4 in the Oneida Room at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The event features instant interviews and offers made on the spot to applicants chosen for these 150 open positions. Applicants are encouraged to “dress for success.” The Oneida Indian Nation is a drug-free employer. The Oneida Indian Nation is Central New York’s fifth largest employer. In 2012, the Nation paid $128.9 million in salaries and wages, $31.4 million in medical and dental coverage, social security, and insurance, and $4.4 million into employee 401(k) accounts. That equals a contribution of $6.3 million every two weeks to the quality of life of Nation employees in Central New York.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS FOR THOSE WITHOUT INSURANCE!
If you’re an Onondaga County resident, a female and between the ages of 40 – 64 without insurance, you are probably eligible! Give them at call at 435-3653 or go to www.ongov.net/health
BOX OFFICE RESULTS Warm Bodies was the hot movie at the weekend box office.
The zombie flick opened in first place, earning an estimated 20 million dollars. It snatched the box office crown away from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which slipped to the runner-up spot, with 9.2 million.
The Sylvester Stallone action flick Bullet to the Head debuted in sixth place, collecting 4.5 million dollars.
In limited release, the Al Pacino-Christopher Walken-Alan Arkin film Stand Up Guysraised 1.5 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:
1. Warm Bodies, $20 million.
2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, $9.2 million.
3. Silver Linings Playbook, $8.1 million.
4. Mama, $6.7 million.
5. Zero Dark Thirty, $5.3 million.
6. Bullet to the Head, $4.5 million.
7. Parker, $3.2 million.
8. Django Unchained, $3 million.
9. Les Miserables, $2.4 million.
10. Lincoln, $2.4 million.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
This is the week designated to get rid of anyone negative in your life before Valentine’s Day. What do they officially call it?
1) Time for a Fresh Start Week
2) *** Dump Your Significant Jerk Week
3) Don’t Waste Your Money on Hearts and Flowers Week